1. This is the documentary that I shot and edited while in rural Nicaragua. It tells the history of the community I lived in, La Ceiba, with direct reference to the national history of Nicaragua. La Ceiba was a prime example of the rough past Nicaragua has suffered through and the people I interviewed had lived through those hard times. It is funny how much more real things become after you see them firsthand. I had a very very difficult time narrowing this video down. The story is so much deeper...but the video is somewhat bare bones due to the fact that I spent a majority of my editing time getting the footage translated. I would have liked to have spent more time polishing the video but you learn from your mistakes...

    The video was a project I put together while studying in Managua and interning for Christian Medical Action (Accion Medica Cristiana: AMC) in Nicaragua. The people at AMC have just begun to help the people of La Ceiba and will send another student back to the community in five years to update the progress. There is definitely room for progress in La Ceiba, seeing as I spent two whole weeks interviewing the people of the community about the history and current problems.

    The community of La Ceiba was a "farming community," but is different from what most Mid Westerners think of farming. The community had under five cows for over a hundred people, a couple dozen pigs, and a minimal amount of edible plants. It was subsistence farming because the people mostly survived on their own food production (although they did have some trucks come in with things like rice). The people would have to trade eggs or other food as a form of currency for things like rice. The people of La Ceiba were not used to outsiders like me coming in because of erosion and other problems preventing extensive traveling but they welcomed me warmly. My translator, Anna, and I were the first outsiders to come and live with the community so many people were suspicious of us but began seeing me everyday (because when we weren't interviewing I would go out hiking by myself around the mountains). Eventually, I got to know a lot of the people and the children would come follow me on my random hiking expeditions. I got to teach English at the school, play soccer with the community, and even played in a soccer tournament for the team where we trekked to a neighboring mountain community. When it came time for me to leave, they always asked us when we would come back; I told them I did not know but I surely wanted to. Hopefully, one day I will be able to to come back and see how things have improved...

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  2. CHAN:
    Now let's look at the latest developments on Wall Street. Central banks are cutting interest rates to try and get some stability and positivity back into the market. But by lunchtime, investor sentiment had turned decidedly negative.  Let's take a look.

    STORY:
    U.S. markets went on a wild ride early Wednesday as investors digested a coordinated emergency rate cut from central banks around the world. Led by the Federal Reserve's half-point rate cut, which brings the Fed Funds rate to 1-1/2 percent, central banks including the ECB, slashed rates after a period in which many stock markets around the world have suffered their biggest drops - ever.

    But the rate cuts did not totally convince U.S. investors that better days are ahead. Within the first hour of the trading day the Dow swung in a near 400-point range from top to bottom as sellers refused to let go.

    David Reilly is director of portfolio strategy at Rydex Investments.

    [David Reilly, Rydex Investments]:
    "The market's reaction may be an instantaneous rally but they can't be held because the market's overall concern is that the magnitude of the crisis is theoretically, or possibly is, larger than what the central banks and the regulators have been throwing at the crisis."

    Not even some much-needed promising signs from the housing market could put fears to rest. Pending home sales showed a surprise jump in August - rising to their best level in over a year.

    And buyers appear to be coming out of hiding. Mortgage applications bounced off a one-month low last week as lower interest rates sparked some deal making.

    Those signals, however, not strong enough to shake off Wall Street fears - the worst for the economy may be yet to come.

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  3. Ms V visits Monte Rio in California the home of Bohemia Grove. The place reported to be the meeting place of world leaders, controllers, insiders, who yearly attend a ceremony called The Cremation of Care. leaving their cares behind... does this leave them immune to their conscience for what they have done? Are they planning world events and conditions for us in planned meetings or unknowingly in masked occult rituals? Or are they simply getting together at the exclusive redwood grove in the woods for some 'fun' 'highjinks' ... the things the 'Bohos' do.

    Upon visiting the town, a local describes them as just some rich people getting drunk in the woods.. and besides the orgainzation contributes to the maintenance of local schools and property taxes. Insisting that nothing Diabolical or Subversive goes on there, the local defended their activities which also includes sponsoring a play in the local town Monte Rio. Bohos visit there incongnito and mix with the locals. A town that once was much larger in victorian times has burned down year by year until only two buildings survive.

    Do secret meetings, occult rituals, diabolical schemes, insider get togethers, all occur here throughout the year by design or conincedentally?


    (Disclaimer: Views and opinions presented here are for informational and educational purposes only and may not necessarily be those of the makers of this video.)

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  4. If you liked this, be sure to watch "The Transformation Age" documentary on PBS around the start and end of May 2008.

    Local show times are available at http://transformationage.org/carriage.html

    An educators' website is available at http://rhsmith.umd.edu/transformationage/

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